City asks PRRD to declare Aug. 17 and 20 as holidays

The City Council on June 13 approved under suspended rules a resolution requesting President Rodrigo Duterte to declare Aug. 17 and 20, 2018 as a holiday in Davao City in celebration of the Kadayawan Festival 2018.

The resolution was passed through committee on tourism and beautification chair, Councilor Al Ryan Alejandre.

Based on the resolution, Aug. 17 marks the highlight of the celebration while Aug. 20 will be allotted for Araw ng Pasasalamat.

“To enable the people of the City of Davao to participate in the events, the 2018 Kadayawan sa Davao Festival Executive (EXECOM) requests that Friday Aug. 17, be declared as Indigenous People’s Day and Monday Aug. 20, be declared as non-working holiday for Araw ng Pasasalamat,” the resolution read.

Once approved, a five-day holiday will be enjoyed by Davaoeños since Aug. 21 is Ninoy Aquino’s day.

Last April 23, Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio signed an executive order creating the executive committee and sub-committees of the 2018 Kadayawan sa Dabaw Festival.

Executive Order No. 08 Series of 2018 appoints her as the chairperson with City Administrator Zuleika Lopez as her official representative. Assistant City Administrator lawyer Tristan Dwight Domingo is the vice chair.

The EO mandates that the execom shall plan and ensure the smooth coordination of programs, events, and activities.

They are also tasked to 1) encourage greater private sector participation in the staging of all events and activities, 2) ensure the optimal exposure of the Festival both locally and internationally, 3) find ways and means to support the effective implementation of programs, events, and activities during the celebration, and 4) invite and/or call for a meeting all national and city government offices, as well as any private person or entity to ensure the successful staging of the Festival and perform such other acts that are necessary to effectively and meaningfully carry out its mandated functions.

This year marks the 33rd year of the Kadayawan Festival in Davao City.

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